02 May 2018

What future liquid fuels to heat our homes?

#FutureFuels – part 1

Liquid fuels such as oil have an important number of advantages when it comes to heating our homes, particularly in rural and remote areas not connected to the grids. They are easy to transport and ensure an autonomous and reliable supply of energy, which can be managed at the owner’s disposal.

How to keep these benefits in the future, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

A wide range of liquid fuels besides oil could facilitate the transition to lower-emission heating with minimal adjustments to the systems. A comprehensive study carried out by the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology in Germany identifies four main options to generate new liquid fuels: Fermentation, liquefaction, synthesis and transesterification or hydrogenation. What do these complicated names mean in practice?

 GHG reduced fuels Production processes

 (Graph: A. Awgustow, T. Kuchling, H. Wollmerstädt: Production of GHG-reduced liquid fuels, Freiberg, 2017)

 

Other #FutureFuels articles

Part 2: New liquid fuels... out of biomass and waste?

Part 3: New liquid fuels... out of the sunshine? 

Part 4: New liquid fuels... out of algae?

Interested to learn more?

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